Visited campus the weekend of Dec. 12-14, and the Cyclones are the prohibitive favorite for the services of this California junior-college linebacker. As is the case with all four JUCO players on this list, first-semester grades will be a strong indication on whether ISU takes the next step.
Tim Dobbins, 6-2, 230, LB, Co-Lin (Miss.) C.C.
ISU hasn't made much of an impact in the state of Mississippi recruiting two-year or four-year players in the past, but they appear to have made one this season. Dobbins played high school ball in the state of Tennessee, and should also be considered a strong Cyclone lean.
Jerry Gair, 6-2, 200, DB, West Hills (Calif.) C.C.
Originally coming out of the New Orleans (La.) high school ranks, Gair made a name for himself in central California. If he signs with the Cyclones, he stands a very good chance of stepping in at safety for either JaMaine Billups or Marc Timmons next season. ISU hosted him on an official visit the weekend of Dec. 12-14, then head coach Dan McCarney made an in-home visit the following weekend.
Marcel Pestano, 6-1, 180, WR, Lehigh Acres (Fla.) H.S.
Arguably the top remaining high school wide receiver on ISU's list, Pestano put up some big numbers on both sides of the ball for Lehigh Acres. Whether or not he ends up in Ames could depend greatly on his friend and former teammate Kenny Jackson. Word has it that the two will be visiting Syracuse the weekend of Jan. 9. Pestano himself visited the Pittsburgh campus in December.
Kenny Jackson, 6-4, 195, WR, Bakersfield (Calif.) C.C.
Went the JUCO route after a stint at Lehigh Acres High School in Florida, Jackson is a big receiver that would give the Cyclones some immediate help at a position where they lose four seniors. He will likely end up at the same Division I program as Pestano.
Jeray Chatham, 6-5, 255, DL, Houston (Texas) Westfield H.S.
Although Oklahoma State appears to be a heavy lean with this Texas high school line prospect, the Cyclones are working a few angles with him. His high school teammate Webster Patrick has already committed and is set to join Westfield products Brandon Brown and Brent Curvey in Ames. ISU also would like to have Chatham play defensive line, whereas many other Division I program would like him on offense.
Tyease Thompson, 6-1, 175, RB, Lakeland (Fla.) George Jenkins H.S.
Has always mentioned ISU at or near the top of his list, but Thompson's name has been dabbled along with national champion LSU in recent weeks. It's even been reported he'll be visiting Baton Rouge the weekend of Jan. 23. Although the Cyclones have gone after Thompson hard, some have to wonder if their commitments from three tailbacks will hurt their chances. Pittsburgh and Tennessee have also been involved with Thompson.
Ricky Ponton, 6-0, 196, DB, Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough H.S.
One of the top remaining high school prospects for the defensive backfield, Ponton visited the weekend of Dec. 12-14. He's spoken very highly of ISU recruiter and secondary coach Chris Ash, but appears ready to take an official visit to South Florida on Jan. 16.
Brandon Gunn, 5-11, 190, RB, Omaha (Neb.) Central H.S.
Around Christmas time it appeared to be a two-horse race between the Cyclones and Kansas State, but Gunn has now announced plans to visit UCLA this month. His teammate, five-star defensive back Cortney Grixby, a strong K-State lean, could have somewhat of an influence. However, according to Gunn and his family, head coach Dan McCarney made quite an impression during his in-home visit in December.
Eugene Oates, 6-0, 185, DB, Fort Scott (Kan.) C.C.
The teammate and friend of current ISU commitment Terrance Highsmith visited in December and appeared to be close to committing. However, San Jose State remains a factor. Oates would be a candidate to step in immediately next fall, with the Cyclones losing cornerbacks Harold Clewis and Johnny Smith III to graduation.
We posted two more football recruiting stories earlier this week. Here are the links to those: